In recent months, Sampad has been a partner for Future Possibilities Lab (FPL) – a curatorial space exploring the connections between artistic practice and scientific data, with a view to to developing new, digital, data art. The FPL Test Lab 2017-18 was developed at Lapworth Museum of Geology at the University of Birmingham.
University academics have been taking part in experimental test labs with artists from a background of diverse arts practice. The labs have included the use of South Asian Kathak dance to explore earthquakes and movement, digital mapping and its relation to Muslim women, place-making and identity, as well as the use of chemical data to make connections with Commonwealth war graves. Technology used in geology has also been used to experiment and demonstrate activity with audiences and visitors to the museum.
Artist Barbara Walker has been working with academic Sebastian Watt to explore connections between chemical data and volcanic rocks. There will be a free public talk with Barbara and Sebastian, as they discuss some of their findings and their thoughts on related artistic and academic practice. The talk will take place 3.30pm, Wednesday 28 February 2018, Lapworth Museum of Geology at the University of Birmingham. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP via: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also join the final FPL seminar event as part of the Arts & Science Festival at the University of Birmingham. Artists Shaheen Ahmed, Divya Kasturi, Barbara Walker, academics and communities discuss artistic connections with geological data. 6 – 7.30pm, Thursday 15 March 2018. Lapworth Museum of Geology, University of Birmingham, Aston Webb Building, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT. Book your place to join the discussions! https://tinyurl.com/fpl280218